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Fort Bridger in Uinta County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Jim Bridger

 
 
Jim Bridger Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mary Johnston-Clark, August 8, 2008
1. Jim Bridger Marker
Inscription.  
1804-1881
Famous mountain man,
trader and scout
Donated by the Fort Bridger
Historical Association
Dedicated 8-8-08
Artist David A. Clark

 
Erected 2008 by Fort Bridger Historical Association.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 41° 19.101′ N, 110° 23.328′ W. Marker is in Fort Bridger, Wyoming, in Uinta County. Marker is on Business Route I-80, on the right when traveling south. At the entrance to Ft. Bridger State Historic Site, Ft. Bridger, WY. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Business Loop I-80 37,000, Fort Bridger WY 82933, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Bridger (here, next to this marker); Old Fort Bridger (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Bridger (within shouting distance of this marker); The Post Trader's Store (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Post Trader
Jim Bridger sculpture detail image. Click for full size.
By Mary Johnston-Clark, August 8, 2008
2. Jim Bridger sculpture detail
The likeness of Jim Bridger was created using the few existing photographs, as well as contemporary artwork and accounts. He had sharp cheekbones, piercing eyes and at over 6' tall was said to have "the physique of a Greek god."
(about 300 feet away); Ice House, Warehouse and Mess Hall (about 300 feet away); School House, Milk House & Wash House (about 300 feet away); The First School House in Wyoming (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Bridger.
 
Regarding Jim Bridger. Jim Bridger was one of the pivotal figures of the West. Joining Ashley's Upper Missouri Exploration, he was one of the first white men to see the wonders of Yellowstone and was the first white to visit the Great Salt Lake. He suggested Salt Lake as a settlement place to Brigham Young (an action he later regretted). He spoke several languages including many Native American dialects and was a true prairie diplomat as well as an entrepreneur.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Another Jim Bridger marker.
 
Also see . . .  To the artist David Alan Clark's web page. (Submitted on November 18, 2008, by Mary Johnston-Clark of Lander, Wyoming.)
 
Additional keywords. Oregon Trail, Mormons, Rendezvous, Fur Trade, State Historic Site
 
Jim Bridger Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mary Johnston-Clark, August 8, 2008
3. Jim Bridger Marker
The marker is located in the front center of the sculpture's base.
Jim Bridger Marker image. Click for full size.
By Shelly Horne, August 8, 2008
4. Jim Bridger Marker
Fort Bridger Historical Society members and supporters examine their recently unveiled sculpture by David Alan Clark. The details of Bridger's clothing and gear are historically accurate thanks to input from Fort historian Martin Lammers.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 28, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 18, 2008, by Mary Johnston-Clark of Lander, Wyoming. This page has been viewed 3,405 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 18, 2008, by Mary Johnston-Clark of Lander, Wyoming. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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